Ethiopia has plans for two more large dams in the Nile basin

Ethiopia is firmly carrying on its policy aimed at developing hydropower. Thus, 6 months after the construction of the huge Benishangul plant (5250 MW on the Blue Nile, about 40 km from the Sudanese border) began, it now announced a project, in partnership with the Norwegian government, for the construction of two more dams totaling 2,100 MW.

All these projects are included in a broader strategy aimed at developing 20,000 MW of hydropower over the next 10 years. Thus, the government will invest around 9 billion euros over the next 25 years.

Overall, the hydropower potential that could be exploited in Ethiopia is estimated at about 45,000 MW, thanks to all the rivers that come down from the mountains and reach the Nile valley.